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Man with hand pain
  1. Paul S Jansson1,2,3,
  2. Stella J Lee4,
  3. Margaret E Samuels-Kalow2,3
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  4. 4Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Paul S Jansson, Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, Boston, MA 02114, USA; pjansson{at}partners.org

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A right-hand dominant man was transferred to our institution for evaluation by the hand surgery service. He reported that the day prior he had been sliding a sheet of plywood across the ground when he lost his grip, causing the board to slide across his left hand. He presented to an outside hospital where local exploration of the wound did not reveal any foreign body. On …

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